Diabetes and Nutrition Services
Diabetes and Nutrition Services
Our diabetes experts at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance are dedicated to helping you detect and control your diabetes so that you can maintain a normal healthy life. Our team provides quality education, support and self-management skills to individuals with diabetes.
Our goal is to help each patient and their family understand the complexities of diabetes and how to effectively manage it. While there is no cure for diabetes, our comprehensive services teach patients about the disease through education and support groups. Learning to regulate your blood sugar levels through a blend of good nutrition, exercise and, often, medication, is crucial to successfully controlling your diabetes.
Our nationally certified diabetes educators are guided by board-certified endocrinologists, nurses and registered dietitians. Together, we work with you and your personal physician to develop an individualized diabetic care plan that fits your lifestyle.
The Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance was the first in the South Bay to be recognized by the American Diabetes Association as a quality diabetes self-management education program.
This award is based on a rigorous clinical review process every three years to ensure high standards of diabetes care and education.
Our tailored outpatient self-management program begins with an initial personal assessment. Then, our caring staff will work closely with your referring physician while educating you about diabetes. You will learn about home glucose monitoring, healthy nutrition, benefits of exercise, and healthy coping, so that you can control your diabetes and take pleasure in a better quality of life. Within one to three months after your first appointment, we will follow up with you to monitor your progress and/or ongoing needs.
Our Diabetes Self-Management Education Program offers:
- Individual and group diabetes education sessions
- Medication management
- Blood glucose monitoring instruction
- Insulin administration
- Sweet Success program (affiliate of CDAPP) for diabetes care and management for pre-pregnancy and during pregnancy
- Nutrition guidance, comprehensive meal planning and weight management
Currently on hold due to COVID-19:
- Resources to community outreach programs
- Free informational sessions about various diabetes related topics
- Free professionally facilitated monthly support groups
Participation in the outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Education Program requires a referral from your physician/ healthcare provider. For more information about our Diabetes Self- Management Education Program, please call 310-303-5358.
Please download and print the diabetes self-management referral form and bring it with you when you see your doctor. You can also fax this form to 310-303-5308.
Clinical dietitians at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance are dedicated to teaching patients how to make nutritionally sound food choices no matter their disease or condition. Whether to speed up your recovery process, help you prevent disease, or just maintain a healthy lifestyle, our registered dietitians can put you on the path to optimal health.
Using medical nutrition therapy (MNT) – an evidence-based, individualized nutrition process meant to help treat certain medical conditions – our registered dietitians will help you develop realistic goals to improve your health. Our nutrition counseling services can help improve conditions that include:
- Diabetes (type 1, type 2, gestational)
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- GI disorders
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Celiac disease
- Pediatric failure to thrive
- and more
Request a nutrition education referral form from your physician.
Providers: To refer a patient via EPIC, follow instructions here.
Call or fax your nutrition education referral AND insurance authorization* to:
Fax: 310- 303-5739
The scheduler will give you detailed instructions for the day of your appointment.
Registered dietitians are the nutrition professionals. Unlike the term “nutritionist,” a registered dietitian is a legally protected term. Registered dietitians must complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, 1200+ hours of supervised practice, pass a national board exam, comply with ethics guidelines and complete continuing education credits to maintain their credential.
We also have a Spanish speaking dietitian on staff to assist those who request it.
Kim joined Providence Little Company of Mary in 2015 to be a part of the inpatient dietitian team with a master’s in nutritional science from California State University, Long Beach. She started working with the outpatient nutrition team in 2017 and now works closely with the Bariatric Surgery Committee to provide nutrition education for patients who want to eat healthier and change their lifestyle behaviors. Kim’s specialties within dietetics include bariatric surgery, weight management, diabetes, pediatrics, wellness and sports nutrition.
Kim loves engaging with clients and teaching them about nutrition while also helping them with their nutrition related goals. She enjoys all the aspects of being a dietitian and participating in research with the team of dietitians on staff at Providence Little Company in Torrance.
In her spare time Kim loves to hike with her two active dogs and husband.
Pamela joined Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in nutritional science from California State University, Los Angeles. She is a professional member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Diabetes Dietetics Practice Group and the Women’s Health Dietetics Practice Group. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and loves meeting new people from all walks of life. Prior to starting her professional career as a dietitian, Pamela worked in the food industry for 20 years. This extensive background undoubtedly proved her two greatest passions: food and people.
As a registered dietitian, Pamela works in the areas of acute care, long-term acute care, short-term rehabilitation and outpatient nutrition counseling. Her specialties include bariatric medicine and diabetes. She is currently working towards earning her credentials as a Certified Diabetes Educator.
Pamela’s mission is to empower individuals with evidence-based nutrition education, while helping them find their inner strengths through guidance, support and collaboration.
James joined Providence Little Company of Mary outpatient nutrition team in 2021. He earned his master’s degree in nutritional science from California State University, Long Beach, where he is also a full-time lecturer. He is a professional member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics where he serves on the executive board for the Culture of Age and Gender member interest group, as well as the local Orange District organization for the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. James’ specialties in dietetics include oncology, weight management, wellness, and education.
James loves helping patients make meaningful changes in their dietary patterns and working on maintaining a healthy relationship with their food. He loves seeing the “ah-ha” moments for patients, teaching them new things about food and nutrition, and helping correct harmful misinformation.
In his free time, he enjoys exploring the beautiful nature that Southern California has to offer, and is an avid ice cream lover.